AFGHAN REFUGEE UPDATES

Week of May 19th

On Friday, the Chair of our team, Tish DePriest, left for a well deserved vacation. The rest of our team are in awe of the effort that is required to keep our dear family going.  We are blessed to have Tish with her strong organizational skills and great compassion as the leader of this mission.

Communication continues to be a great challenge for the entire family, but several people on our team are generously tutoring mother and father regularly. The two older boys had Field Days at their school this past week at which their teachers gave high praise to each. Both are very social and were impressive in the skills used in their water games. Both boys were chosen as “Leader of the Week” in their classes and earned opportunities to go on a Field Trip.  It was very gratifying to see how well they are accepted in their classes.

During the summer, efforts are being made to keep the older boys active in English speaking opportunities. We are enrolling them at Camp Can-Do for English Second Language students and Camp at Lake Nixon. We are also trying to get them into swimming lessons!

The Father is settling in nicely and working hard at his place of employment. He is riding with a co-worker to his job. He is anxious to progress so that he can obtain a Drivers License. The professionals at his job and those involved with the Mom’s medical needs have been so kind and caring.  It is a real joy to see people so willing to help this family.

When so many refugees are struggling across our country, our family continues to do relatively well. This is because of the generosity, love and care of our church and community. To find out more about how to be involved in this ministry through your time or your finances, email carolisom@gmail.com (until Tish returns). You can donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. The fund is being saved for a car and we make occasional purchases for items needed by the family.


Week of May 12th

The PH Afghan team thanks the nearly 70 donors to the Refugee Relief fund.  We are thrilled that several of those donations have come from people not listed as members of our church and many came from people outside Little Rock.  That is a credit to the tv/internet outreach and, hopefully, this newsletter.  More amazing is the number of those donors have given more than once.  Our deepest thanks to all who see this mission as important.

We want to acknowledge the members of our team who are not PHUMC members.  Driven by domestic forces as well as a deeply compassionate heart, Jim DePriest has willing given his time whenever his wife or team asks for help. He has hung a swing in the back yard, taught Mr. S to use a weed eater and make home improvements. He helped the family move to their current house after loading and unloading donated furniture. He provides transportation for Mr. S to work, tutoring and the mosque at the crack of dawn and gets the kids to school when the bus doesn’t arrive. His willingness to help is greatly appreciated.

As always, your team appreciates your prayers and support. Donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. The fund is being saved for a car and we make occasional purchases for items needed by the family. Contact Tish DePriest at tishdphafghans@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to get involved.


Week of May 5th

Monday (5-2) was the final day of Ramadan, the holiest time in the Muslim calendar. The family celebrated the breaking of fast with prayers and good food. The mother and father have fasted from sunrise to sunset each day, having no food or drink. This was a time to draw closer to God and cultivate self-control. It is admirable to see this sacrifice practiced with joy.

This week Mr. S. starts a full-time job. Bev and Buddy Villines are working on a bike for Mr. S to ride to work when needed. Sabrina Framptom is donating two children’s bikes. Soon the family will enjoy a great American pastime- riding bikes as a family.

As your PH team has progressed, we have gained new members. Sabrina is one of those, working in volunteer time around her daily parenting commitments. She has been a babysitter for the youngest child, bringing sculpey clay and totally entertaining him while his mom was at a doctor’s appointment, according to the other team member who helped babysit. She’s providing bikes to the family. She just jumped right in and is training to be an ESL tutor to the family.

As always, consider donating to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. The fund is being saved for a car and we make occasional purchases for items needed by the family. Contact Tish DePriest at tishdphafghans@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to get involved.